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Arab and Ottoman Colonization: The Real Settler Culture of the Middle East

Samuel M. Edelman
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Course Description

Much has been written of late about settler cultures with specific reference to Israel and the Palestinians. Yet, there was a settler culture that lasted more than 1400 years and spanned the Mediterranean and Middle East from the Atlantic to the borders of China. That settler culture was Arab and Ottoman. We shall explore the history of the conquering and settlement of the Middle East and most of the Mediterranean and the implications of this settler culture for today.

About the Instructor

  • Samuel M. Edelman, Ph.D., is the former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles and one of the founding faculty members of the Academic Council for Israel. He is also an academic fellow for Israel Studies and Zionism at the University of Miami’s Miller Center for Judaic Studies. He is the former director of the Israel on Campus Coalition Academic Affairs department. He has served as the executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. Edelman is also a frequent lecturer on world affairs issues for the high-end cruise ship industry.